10 epic surf breaks near NRMA Darlington Beach Resort
Low pressure system Linda is whipping up the surf along the east coast – making it the perfect time for experienced surfers to hit the waves.
You don’t need to wait for cyclonic conditions to have a great surfing holiday. The mid-north coast of New South Wales is home to some of the best surfing beaches in Australia with year-round perfect conditions for all levels of surfers – from beginners through to professional riders.
NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Resort on Arrawarra Beach just north of Coffs Harbour is the perfect place to base yourself for a surfing holidays with a great beach break immediately in front of the resort and a choice of other beaches within a short drive.
One of the best things about surfing in this part of the world is that you’ll have most of the beaches virtually to yourself, especially mid-week.
Directly out the front of NRMA Darlington Beach Resort is Darlington Beach, or Darlo as the locals call it. It’s known for its fun hollow waves for short rides of 50 to 100 metres.
Just a few minutes down the road is Arrawarra Beach, famous for its longboard break off Arrawarra Headland.
Take a four-minute drive north of the resort to find the secret surf spot of Corindi Beach, known by surfers as Whailies. Year-round this beach offers a reliable ride but with Cyclone Linda heading down the coast it’s sure to produce some fast hollow waves and testing short rides.
Just two minutes north of Corindi Beach is Red Rock. Rather than heading to the main beach at Red Rock, surfers head to Red Rock Reef which is accessed by a sandy track off Red Rock Road (you’ll need a 4WD). Beginners can head to the main part of Red Rock Beach to enjoy a sweeping beach break and a fun ride near the headland.
Heading south from NRMA Darlington Beach Resort, towards Coffs Harbour and Sawtell are are numerous beaches and great surfing spots.
Six minutes down the road to the south is the consistent point break at Mullaway. It’s a popular spot, year-round – especially at this time of year (autumn leading into winter).
A further six minutes away is Woolgoola Main Beach. It’s fun for shortboard riding and the patrolled beach makes it a good spot to learn. More experienced surfers might enjoy the challenge of a bigger wave at Woolgoolga Back Beach.
Heading towards Coffs Harbour, you’ll find Diggers Beach which is popular with longboard riders and standup paddlers.
In Coffs Harbour, you’ll find North Wall on the northern side of the jetty. It offers a great right-hand break especially in a big northerly swell.
South of the jetty (near the fishing club) you’ll find Gallows Beach. Best place to access the surf is via a well-timed jump off the rocks in between sets.
Just beyond Coffs Harbour, and still only 35 mins from your base at NRMA Darlington Park Holiday Resort is Sawtell Beach. It offers consistent fun surf most of the year round. When the swell is larger, a sandbank forms between the reef and Sawtell Island (at the southern end of the beach) to provide long, fast rides.
In between surfing these epic breaks, you can take time out to relax and enjoy the 110 acres of coastal paradise at NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Resort. The resort is a nature lover’s paradise with an abundance of wildlife including friendly kangaroos.
Accommodation options include spacious spa villas to glamping and drive-through camping and caravan sites.
Resort facilities include a tropical swimming pool with twin slide and spa, bowling green, pump-track, 9-hole golf course, two tennis courts and an onsite café for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Holidaymakers can lay-by their stay at NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Resort with flexible payment options and no fees or hidden costs for all bookings over $200.
NRMA members receive a 10% discount (up to $40 per stay) at NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Resort. Find out more details.